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Trump: God’s Man for the Hour

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Did you see the breaking news story yesterday about the baby Ivanka reportedly aborted when she was 16? Unconfirmed sources say that Donald Trump was the father of that child and that he was the one who paid for the abortion.

Head over here and read it yourself.

Not that Lies in the Age of Propaganda really matter to Trump or his disciples.

Especially not now that Trump has made it official: We can put the Christ back in Christmas again. Can there be any better proof than this that Trump is God’s man for the hour?

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Not Ready to Make Nice: Normalizing Trump’s Abuse

 

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On the last day of my silent retreat at Mt. Angel Abbey, I stood before the Abbey church and wept with a woman I’d just met. We, like several others, had come to the retreat to escape the frenzy of the 2016 Election. It was my gift to myself, this quiet, this settling, the putting on the Armour of God. And by the way, that might not look like what you think it ought to look like.

This friend I met at Mt. Angel, she’s an Air Force daughter. We had that in common, the military lifestyle. She lives in the big city. I live in rural Oregon, almost Washington. She is black. And she is afraid. I am white and I am not afraid.

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Media Bashing: A National Sport

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Back when I was a reporter working the streets, one of my regular beats was cops and courts. I began my mornings by routine stops at the Oregon State Police, the city police, and the Sheriff’s Department. I would read through the phone logs for the previous 24 hours and make note of anything out of the ordinary. Most of these calls concerned things like dogs barking, neighbors arguing, unsightly trash, etc. But there would always be the random stabbing, the DUI by a local official, a body floating in the river, or the 53-year old man and a 14-year old having sex on the beach.

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Don’t Share that Post

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This election season has a lot of us running around putting out fires. Between Hillary Clinton’s propensity for dodging the truth and Donald Trump’s inability to bridle his tongue, and the media’s lack of professionalism, is it any wonder all of us are having a difficult time fettering out truth from fiction?

In the past 24 hours, I have personally dealt with at least five or six fires created by people clicking and sharing outright lies, or if you prefer, half-truths, which if you ask your mom is the same thing as a lie.

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About that Onion/Click Hole Meme

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Honey, I love a bit of satire as much as the next person. I’ve even been known to employ it a time or two myself. But I realized a few years back that the kind of satire I was used to enjoying – that employed by wisecracking Southerners like Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, Barry Hannah, Rick Bragg, Roy Blount Jr. – was a far cry different than the kind employed nowadays.

My panties were jerked in a knot some years back when I spoke out about a book that millions found funny – Go the F**k to Sleep – but which I found to be decidedly not funny. As I pointed out in an essay I wrote for CNN, when one has been immersed in a story about child abuse, one is hypersensitive to the ways in which children today are being abused. One of which is the ugly, demeaning ways in which so many children are spoken to on a daily basis. So there was no way I was going to find a book that adapts that same abusive language and cloaks it as “satire” funny. I stand by my original assessment of Mansbach’s book: Not funny. Not in the least bit.

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